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Managing Organic Materials at Home            

Residents are often looking for ways to reduce the amount of organic materials, including yard materials and food scraps, they put out for collection. Below are some easy solutions for managing all of your organic materials at home!

Composting Yard Materials

Compost is a dark, crumbly and earthy-smelling form of decomposing matter that improves your soil and the plants growing in it. Follow our composting guide to set up your own yard materials composting system at home.

Composting Food Scraps

Due to problems with rodents and other animals, the Baltimore County Code prohibits composting of food scraps in compost piles or bins. As a result, many residents are left asking the question, "How can I reduce the volume of food scraps going out with my trash each week?"

The two options available to residents are vermicomposting and soil incorporation. Choose from the following links to learn more about which option is right for you. Either way, you will be making a difference by keeping your food scraps out of the trash!

Vermicomposting offers County residents a beneficial and legal way to compost food scraps, help the environment and create a valuable byproduct for use in gardens and houseplants.

Soil incorporation provides a very simple, legal alternative for County residents to compost small amounts of food scraps.

Grasscycling and Leafcycling

Grasscycling is the practice of cutting your grass and allowing the clippings to lie on the lawn, rather than bagging this material.

Leafcycling is the practice of mowing fallen leaves on your lawn and allowing them to decompose over time.

Revised August 14, 2014

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